Things to do in Denver this weekend, Aug. 26-27

Looking for things to do in Denver this weekend? Here’s a big, curated list of options in arts and entertainment, food and drink, causes, sports and more!

Looking north from the top floor of the newly-completed Country Club Towers, Aug. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Saturday

Food & drink

Levitt Pavilion Beer Festival. Beer from more than 20 local breweries, food trucks and live music from Grayson Erhard and Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 4-7 p.m. $25-65. (Followed by free show from Carl Denson’s Tiny Universe.)

Chile Roast. Sampling and selling Pueblo chiles, both fresh and roasted. Tony’s Meats and Market, 950 Broadway. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Lavender Pear Blonde Ale release. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 1 p.m.-midnight.

Board Game Republic one-year anniversary party. Game selling and trading, drink specials, giveaways and demonstrations of new games. Board Game Republic, 900 W. First Ave., Unit 130. 10 a.m.-midnight.

International Ale taproom release. Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St. Noon-10 p.m.

14er Brewing x Huckleberry Coffee IPA tasting. Learn more about the coffee roasting process and taste the Phantom Limb blend cold brew on draft. 14er Brewing Company, 2801 Walnut St. 2-4 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: High Plains Comedy FestivalToday: T.J. Miller, “Those Who Can’t” live table read, Cartoons and Comedy, The Narrators and more. Paramount Theatre, Mutiny Information Café, Hi-Dive, 3 Kings Tavern and Badger’s Pub. 3-11 p.m. $10-45.

Best bet: Titwrench. Performances, workshops and more by and forwomxn and LGBTQ+ artists and musicians and other underrepresented/emerging artists. Mercury Café, 910Arts, Leisure and Denver Open Media.  Noon-1:30 a.m.

Best bet: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” with audience participation. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” One-man play and standup based on the book. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $39.

Reggae on the Rocks. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 2 p.m. $54.75-60.

Eminence Ensemble. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $12-15.

Itchy-O. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $19.99-30.

Avenhart. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-14.

2017 Burlypicks Finals. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $20-40.

Candy Land. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $20.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 7 p.m. Free.

“Columbus” screening and Q&A with producer Danielle Renfrew Behrens. “The son of a renowned architecture scholar forges an unexpected intimacy with a young architecture enthusiast in this visually striking, gentle romantic drama.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. $9-11.50.

3MCS Secret Show. Stand-up, sketch and live bits from three hosts, this week featuring a secret special guest. Blackbird Denver, 305 S. Downing St. 9-10:30 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Elitch Theatre FestivalKids’ zone, carnival, art, live music, food trucks a beer garden and more. Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave. Noon-6 p.m., free. 6-10 p.m., $35.

Sock Hop with Queen City Jazz Band. Come in ’50s costume and bring donations of new socks, deodorant and boxer shorts for the homeless teens and young adults that Urban Peak serves. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 7:30-10 p.m.

Meet in the Street.  Live Music, DJ, mall pong, performances by the Black Actors Guild, baseball block party, Camp Gladiator, Aveda stress free fix, PlantNite classes, Mantra glass art, cornhole tournament. 16th Street Mall.

Happy Birthday, Elephant and Piggie. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Elephant and Piggie with Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and more characters from Mo Willems with crafts, activities, games and cupcakes. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10-4 p.m.

For a cause

LabFest 2017. Food and drink, swimming for the Labs, a silent auction and more. Benefits Safe Harbor Lab Rescue. City Bark, 2000 W. Eighth Ave. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-50.

Green Valley Ranch cleanup. Picking up trash in along 56th between Tower and Dunkirk. Supplies are provided but feel free to bring additional trash bags. Followed by happy hour. Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden, 4995 Argonne St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

French bulldog adoption event. Dozens of dogs were rescued from a hoarder and are ready for adoption. Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. 11-4 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves, 5:10 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers, 7 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Buckets & Bottles: A Fried Chicken and Champagne Extravaganza at The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 4-7 p.m.

Brunch with Wes Watkins. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Entertainment

Best bet: BleachedLarimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-17.

Best bet: Shakesbeer presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dram.”  Shakespeare, but with drinking actors. Fiction Beer Company,7101 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. p.m. $25-100.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” One-man play and standup based on the book. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $39.

The Emancipator Ensemble and The Opiuo Band. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5:30 p.m. $37.50.

The Budos Band. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20.75-27.

Whole Milk. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $8-10.

Singletrack. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Smolder and Burn. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

New Breed Brass Band. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 4 p.m. Free.

Art

Foul-Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays. Get crafty and do some cross-stitching. All materials provided with purchase. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon-9 p.m.

For your body

2017 Superhero Challenge for prostate cancer. 5K run, Dash for Dads and kid run followed by prizes and awards for top fundraisers, finishers as well as best costumes. Washington Park. 8 a.m.

For a cause

Doggo Charity Photoshoot. Get a 15 minute window to take pics with your pup. Of each $40 ticket sold, $30 will go to Denver Animal Shelter and the remainder goes to the photographer. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. 1-6 p.m. 

Tails and Ales. Get your dog washed by some of Denver’s best roller derby skaters to benefit Bruising Altitude and Foothills Animal Shelter. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. Noon-4 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves, 11:35 p.m.


Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Here’s a link to Meetups near Denver. Or you might try MileHighOnTheCheap.com‘s calendar.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers culture and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.